Southern hospitality recognised in awards

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2013
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Invercargill Tower Lodge Motel owner Ray Clark was delighted to be named one of the top hotels in the South Pacific travel site Trip Advisor.

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Southern hotels and motels have been named among the top 25 hotels in the South Pacific by users of world travel advice website Trip Advisor.

The site, which features reviews, travel guides and holiday accommodation advice, named The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel in Queenstown winner in all four categories in its 2013 Travellers' Choice awards.

The hotel was awarded first place in: Top 25 Small Hotels in the South Pacific, Top 25 Hotels for Service in the South Pacific, Top 25 Small Hotels in New Zealand and Top 25 Hotels for Service in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Tower Lodge Motel in Invercargill also won the top award in all four categories.

Owners Ray and Dawn Clark said the wins took them by surprise and they initially thought they had been given another excellence award from the website.

The motel has Trip Advisor excellence awards for 2011 and 2012.

"It's amazing to win, we are just two old codgers trying to run accommodation," Mr Clark said.

During the six years they had owned the hotel, they had upgraded and revamped the 17-unit motel, which Mr Clark believed was one of the reasons for the award.

The key to running a successful motel was to keep smiling and be welcoming but not too pushy with customers, he said.

Also rating highly in the Top 25 Small Hotels in the South Pacific were: Eichardt's Private Hotel (9) and Azur, Queenstown (10).

Included in the Top 25 Small Hotels in New Zealand were: Eichardt's Private Hotel, Queenstown (6), Azur, Queenstown (7), Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel (13), Queenstown Park Hotel (18), Wanaka Homestead Lodge and Cottages (23) and Browns Boutique Hotel, Queenstown (24).

The Lakeside Apartments in Wanaka was awarded 14th place in the Top 25 Hotels for Service in the South Pacific.

Other hotels in the Top 25 Hotels for Service in New Zealand were: The Lakeside Apartments in Wanaka (7), Eichardt's Private Hotel, Queenstown (13), Queenstown Park Hotel (15), Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel (18), Azur, Queenstown (21), and Lake Dunstan Motel, Cromwell (24). collette.devlin@stl.co.nz

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